Mauritania: Floods DREF operation n° MDRMR006 final report

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Summary: CHF 69,873 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF Mauritanian Red Crescent Society in delivering assistance to some 870 beneficiaries (145 households) for 3 months and assess further needs.

The rainstorms that commenced on the first week of August 2013 took a heavy toll in several regions. They affected at least four regions causing extensive damage to property and resulting in six deaths. A total of 5,635 people were affected by the floods and based on the outcome of the detailed needs assessments carried the Mauritanian Red Crescent (MRC), with the support from DREF, MRC provided appropriate and timely assistance in the sectors of Emergency shelter and non-food items, health and water and sanitation.

A total of 145 volunteers were mobilized in the 4 affected districts and deployed to implement the planned response operation activities. Family tents were distributed to 70 most vulnerable families in Tourougueiline. Other basic relief items distributed included kitchen sets, sleeping mats and blankets to 145 most affected families in Tourougueiline, Akjouj and Moudjeiria. Furthermore, MRC also provided first aid assistance, water and sanitation sensitization as well as health and hygiene promotion to affected communities in the regions of Tagant, Inchiri and Trarza reaching a total of 300 families with hygiene promotion activities.

Lessons learned: - Non Food Items prepositioning is very important in disaster prone areas for effective and efficient response and provision of assistance to affected persons. Mauritanian Red Crescent Society was able to quickly respond to the flooding due to availability of pre-positioned items. - Volunteers’ capacity building to enhance their operational capacities is paramount to ensure that volunteers deployed in any operation are well equipped to implement and provide necessary support to targeted communities. This was done in this operation through relevant volunteer trainings. - The National Society effectiveness during the operation has helped to improve its image and visibility. The success of the operation is linked to the good collaboration with IFRC, other humanitarian actors as well as the commitment of Red Cross volunteers.

Financial Summary: At the close of the operation, the unspent balance of CHF 400 will be returned to DREF.The shelter/Relief budget line has an overspend because more tents than was budgeted were purchased.

The Netherlands Red Cross/SEF contributed towards replenishment of the DREF allocated for this operation. The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Red Cross Societies and governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as well as DG ECHO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) the Medtronic, Zurich and Coca Cola Foundations and other corporate and private donors.

The IFRC, on behalf of the Mauritanian Red Crescent would like to extend many thanks to all partners for their generous contributions.